Anglers are getting another increase in sockeye salmon bag limits along the Russian River and a section of the mainstem Upper Kenai River — the second increase since the sport fishing season began.

According to a release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the sockeye salmon limits are increasing to nine per day, 18 in possession in the rivers. The increase comes less than a week after bag limits doubled because of a strong start to the season.

The change will be in effect starting Wednesday, June 19 and lasts through Sunday, July 7.

"The section of the mainstem Upper Kenai River includes the area that extends from Skilak Lake upstream to ADF&G regulatory markers located approximately 300 yards upstream of the public boat launch at Sportsman’s Landing (this includes the Russian River Sanctuary Area) and the Russian River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G marker located approximately 600 yards downstream from the Russian River Falls." the release states.

ADFG says that as of June 16, over 45,000 sockeye salmon have passed through the Russian River weir, which is located upstream of the falls. The early-run Russian River sockeye salmon biological escapement goal has already been surpassed.

“We opened the waters of the sanctuary and increased the bag limit from three to six last week and sockeye salmon keep pouring into the Russian River,” said Area Management Biologist Colton Lipka. “With these numbers, it is appropriate to increase the limits and allow anglers an opportunity to harvest more sockeye salmon.”

ADFG is reminding anglers to pay close attention to limits and regulations throughout the sport fishing season. For more information, refer to the 2019 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.

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